Saturday, December 28, 2013

Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering man who raped him twice

(Dec 27, 2013, (The Jerusalem Post))--Man claims his Ethiopian background made it impossible for him to live while rapist still alive. The Lod District Court on Sunday sentenced Yonatan Hiyalo to 20 years in prison for the murder of Yaron Ayalon, who Hiyalo claimed, and the prosecution did not deny, had raped him twice in the past.

Hiyalo, a 24-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli, has said Ayalon’s past raping of him plus a claim of self-defense should serve as a complete defense to the murder charge. He had added that, after being raped, his Ethiopian background made it untenable for him to live while Ayalon was still alive.

Hiyalo also said that Ayalon had stolen money from him, physically abused him and used extortion against him. Neither the prosecution nor the court accepted Hiyalo’s fundamental argument: that his being raped justified or at least excused the murder.

Both cited that several weeks, had passed between the rapes and the murder, such that the two could not be connected and that there was no viable self-defense claim. Rather, the court said that despite Hiyalo’s lawyer’s protest that a young Ethiopian man of his background would never report being raped by another man to the authorities, Hiyalo’s recourse should have been to bring charges against Ayalon. Read more from The Jerusalem Post »

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